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DownsGilbert's volume is a refreshingly original and provocative work that will receive a good deal of attention in both the United States and Europe.
— George W. Downs, Princeton University
Democratic internationalism, as Gilbert terms it, is really the linking of citizens' interests across national boundaries to overcome the antidemocratic actions of their own governments. Realist misinterpretations have overlooked Thucydides' theme about how a democracy corrupts itself through imperial expansion as well as Karl Marx's observations about the positive effects of democratic movements in one country on events in others. Gilbert also explodes the democratic peace myth that democratic states do not wage war on one another. He suggests instead policies to accord with the interests of ordinary citizens whose shared bond is a desire for peace.
Gilbert shows, through such successes as recent treaties on land mines and policies to slow global warming that citizen movements can have salutary effects. His theory of "deliberative democracy" proposes institutional changes that would give the voice of ordinary citizens a greater influence on the international actions of their own government.
|Introduction: Power Politics, Antiradical Ideology, and the Constriction of Democracy||3|
|Pt. 1||Democratic Internationalism as an Internal Critique of Neorealism and Realism||23|
|Ch. 1||Must Global Politics Constrain Democracy?||25|
|Ch. 2||Crossing of the Ways: The Vietnam War and Realism in Morgenthau, Niebuhr, and Kennan||66|
|Pt. 2||Forgotten Sources of Democratic Internationalism||119|
|Ch. 3||"Workers of the World, Unite!": The Possibility of Democratic Feedback||121|
|Ch. 4||Democratic Imperialism and Internal Corruption||148|
|Pt. 3||Deliberative Democracy and "Gambling for Resurrection"||181|
|Ch. 5||Deliberation as a Medium for Internationalism||183|